There was some feeling – though not a consensus – that fall 2023 menswear collections were more down to earth, perhaps in anticipation of the economic downturn. Eytys co-founder Max Schiller sees a recession as likely and thinks the idea of spending cuts could be applied more broadly to culture. “I think people crave authenticity and authenticity,” he said by phone. “No matter what’s going on with the economy, all this fake life and everything on Instagram, I think people have had enough, they want reality now.”
talent, which ties into one of the main inspirations for the series, a book and movie about Jamaican dance halls called Rockers. (Which would also explain the print of two lovers blowing smoke into each other’s mouths.) Schiele ditched “experimental” washes this season for “basic over-dyeing, like you’re doing in vintage.” store, or something you can make yourself,” and he painted them in colors like tobacco, evergreen, and garnet; warm colors, rather than the cool tones he usually favors.
Eytys was launched as a footwear brand, Schiller said, with the revamped Clark lace-up shoe structured and with a hoof-like sole, “setting the line for the collection.” Lowering the tone.” It also influenced some clothing designs; to make shoes and boots more visible, some pant silhouettes had zippers that pulled up a few inches from the hem. New and important in terms of the partial play that Eytys was going for this season were pants cut low to the hip, for example paired with bomber/trench mid-rise jackets.
Denim seems to be the main push at Eytys these days, but jackets aren’t far behind. Nylon, distressed leather, and embossed vegan leather are worked into a variety of classic shapes. The season’s key piece, crafted from etched leather and adorned with Swedish artist Anders Zorn’s bathing nude, is also the most statement piece. The original was created on the island of Dallaro in the Stockholm archipelago, where Schiele’s family lives. He said his mother and grandmother bathed in the same place as Zorn’s study subjects. “In a way, seeing those etchings is like seeing my childhood.”